Heritage Academy is the perfect place to not just prepare for college, but to start taking college courses.  Heritage provides seminars and college coaching customized to the needs of every scholar and parent.  These college readiness services enable the college-bound scholar to qualify for the top scholarships and institutions in the nation.

Download a copy of the “Heritage Academy College Preparation Guidebook” to see a current listing of our college preparation activities and the steps you need to take to get into the school of your choice.


College Fast Track Program

The College Fast Track Program enables scholars to earn college credits while at Heritage Academy. College credits can be earned in two ways:

  1. Online courses
  2. Dual Enrollment courses

Credits from online college classes from approved higher educational institutions may be earned and transferred back to Heritage for high school credit.

Dual Enrollment courses are regular Heritage classes where a student can opt to earn college credit for the class. These classes are offered through Rio Salado College and University of Arizona.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding our College Fast Track Program.

What is the process to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • Identify the appropriate classes you need to meet your goals
  • Enroll in the Heritage classes
  • Take any required placement testing with Rio Salado
  • Register online with Rio Salado or U of A

What would it mean for your student to work on college credits while in high school?

  • Here are a few of the benefits — Save time, save money, eliminate duplicate classes, students progress at their own speed, students are better prepared for college, credits transfer in most cases
  • Even if a full Associate degree is not completed, having any amount of coursework completed while in high school will benefit any person.

Can my scholar earn an Associate degree while at Heritage?

  • This is a very aggressive goal that requires a highly motivated scholar to earn approximately 60 college credits in four years. Planning must start during 8th grade. Heritage Academy has staff dedicated to working with each scholar on a 4-year plan and they will review the individualized plan with each incoming freshman prior to starting high school.

How much does dual enrollment cost?

  • Currently Maricopa County Community College District charges $85 per credit and Rio Salado College charges a $15 registration fee per semester. Textbooks vary in costs and will be required in some cases. All costs are paid directly to the Community College.
  • University of Arizona charges a discounted rate of $176 for their courses. (subject to change)

How do I make a plan to graduate at Heritage and receive an Associate degree?

  1. Create a path for High School Graduation (click here for Heritage graduation requirements — see page 9 of the handbook.)
  2. Identify a potential college major for an Associates Degree. (Click here for sample programs)
  3. Create a plan to incorporate Online or Dual Enrollment. (Click here to schedule an appointment with your advisor.)

How can I learn more about what credits transfer?

  • Credits earned at Rio Salado and U of A transfer to most major colleges around the country. They are accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) as well as the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • More specific transfer information for universities within Arizona can be found at AZTransfer.
  • Contact an advisor at Rio Salado College at 480-517-8080 or University of Arizona at 520-626-6646.
  • Ultimately, the student’s college or university will make the final decision on classes and credits. It’s always a good idea to contact the institution and department (e.g. engineering, education, business) to validate transferrability.

Scholar Testimonial:

I graduated from Heritage Academy with 30 units completed, which is equivalent to my Freshman year of college done. The Dual Enrollment program was incredible for me. I enjoyed getting the college-level education, while having my teachers there who were willing to help me in any area I needed. The teachers are extremely supportive and want you to succeed, while a college professor generally isn’t that involved in your education. The workload did not change based on whether or not you were a DE scholar, so it just made sense to take it for college credit. But the best part really is that I only have 3 years until my Bachelor’s degree, which saves me a whole year of spending. I would highly recommend taking dual enrollment classes because it makes life a little bit easier when you get to college.  – Anna Taylor, Class of 2017


From time to time Heritage Academy receives scholarship information for students which we make available as we receive them.

Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Community Colleges offer many scholarships.(For more information, CLICK HERE)

  • For the Presidential Scholarship, you must have a 3.25 GPA or higher, must live within Maricopa County and have graduated from a high school that is located within Maricopa County.

Colleges and Universities

Most Colleges and Universities offer scholarships and if you spend time investigating the scholarship opportunities at the college of your choice, you may find one that fits you perfectly.  Here are some links to some of the scholarships available at the three largest Universities in Arizona:

  • ASU
  • NAU
  • UofA

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

More Scholarship Resources


Heritage Academy Scholarships

Heritage Academy has its own Scholarship Fund containing the donations of parents and others who would like to help further the education of scholars who have shown outstanding abilities in academics and service. Only those scholars who have completed all graduation requirements by the time of actual graduation will be eligible for scholarships awarded by Heritage Academy.

Heritage Academy will present scholarship awards, to the extent of the funds, in conjunction with the high achievement and service to the school as outlined above under the following categories:

George Washington Award for Achievement, Character and Service – Scholar is voted by faculty (must be at least two years at Heritage academy)

Abraham Lincoln Award – to the outstanding male scholar voted by faculty (must be at least two years at Heritage Academy)

Dolly Madison Award – to the outstanding female scholar voted by faculty (must be at least two years at Heritage Academy)

Benjamin Franklin Award – given to scholar(s) exhibiting extraordinary persistence (must be at least two years at Heritage Academy)

Valedictorian (must be at least two years at Heritage Academy) – 4.0 and higher GPA

Salutatorian (must be at least two years at Heritage Academy) – 3.5 – 3.99 GPA

The school offers two Heritage Academy Presidential Freedom Scholarships in the amount of $1000 for qualifying students who can show at least 100 hours of community service during the past year. See your principal for application procedures.

Heritage Academy presents approximately $8,000 in scholarships each year to graduating students based on GPA.

Graduation Requirements

A scholar receives a graduation diploma from Heritage Academy when requirements of the school and of the Arizona State Board of Education have been met.

Subjects Credits
English 4
Math 4
Science 4
History 3
Foreign Language 2
Fine Arts 1
Physical Education 1
Electives 7
Total Credits 26

Academic courses listed above receive one full credit and electives one-half credit. See the student handbook for more detail.


In-State College Entrance Requirements

Nearly anyone may apply and gain admission to the 2-year Community Colleges.

You must take the Acuplacer test which assesses skill level for proper placement. Information on admission applications, financial aid, scholarships, etc., can be found through

Scholars planning to attend four-year colleges or universities should determine the entrance requirements of the particular school they wish to attend. Students applying to Arizona universities must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Unconditional admission: A student must rank in the top 25 % of his/her graduating class, have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have a minimum score of 22 on the ACT or 1040 on the SAT test.
  • Conditional Admission: Students ranking in the second quarter of the graduating class, may be admitted with conditions if they have a GPA of 2.5 or higher with an ACT score of 22 or an SAT score of 1040.

4-year state universities in Arizona– Require new freshmen students to have met the following competency requirements:

  1. Four years of high school English
  2. Four years of high school math; one year each of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and an advanced math class
  3. Three years of high school laboratory science
  4. Two units of the same high school foreign language.
  5. Other requirements and/or exceptions should be studied at:

Nearly all 4-year universities require ACT or SAT scores.

Check each schools website for requirements. It is recommended that students take the ACT and/or SAT exams in the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year.  Registration should be made at least 6 weeks prior to test date. Check websites for dates and registration.

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College Night

College Night at Heritage Academy is an opportunity for scholars and families to get more information about attending post-secondary school after high school.  Scholars are given advice regarding courses taken while in high school, taking the ACT and/or SAT tests, and how to pay for and apply for college.  University and College representatives are present and will give families first hand knowledge about the best way to do things as well as what their campus has to offer for potential students. We highly recommend parents/guardians and students attend these important and helpful events.